Media advisory: UB conference to focus on leadership under pressure

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Release Date: April 27, 2023


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Leaders from the business, nonprofit and academic worlds will come together for a conference hosted by the University at Buffalo School of Management’s Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (CLOE) and Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL).


  • Ryan Marshall Dunlap, Founder, Conflictish
  • Del Reid, Founder, 26 Shirts and Bills Mafia
  • Natalie Simpson, Professor and Chair of Operations Management and Strategy, and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, UB School of Management
  • Tom Ulbrich, President and CEO, Goodwill of WNY

Other presentations will feature business owners and entrepreneurs, top-level industry experts and UB School of Management faculty (Full list at

What: The daylong event, “Leadership Under Pressure: Rising to Today’s Business Challenges,” will give managers the tools to go above and beyond when leading amid a crisis. 

Why: According to Ananth Iyer, dean of the UB School of Management, “Western New York has faced an extraordinary number of crises during the past year, along with the post-pandemic challenges of talent acquisition and retention, supply chain disruptions and a looming recession. This conference will bring focus to these types of situations, with leaders who have had to step up in these scenarios, as well as experts who will discuss key leadership topics.” 

When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 2.

Where: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St., Buffalo. 

Media/Photo Opportunities:

  • Noon - Media interview/photo/video availability for Dunlap, Reid, Simpson and Ulbrich.
  • 4:15 p.m. - Additional media availability for Dunlap, Reid, Simpson and Ulbrich.

Conference sponsors include the UB School of Management Alumni Association, M&T Bank, North Forest Office Space and Rich Products.

The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on real-world learning, community and impact, and the global perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school also has been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and U.S. News & World Report for the quality of its programs and the return on investment it provides its graduates. For more information about the UB School of Management, visit

Media Contact Information

Kevin Manne
Associate Director of Communications
School of Management